The Library offers many Reference services to its patrons. The following is a list of our key services. For more information, please contact the Reference Department: Main Campus (504) 568-6102 or (504) 568-8339; Dental Campus (504) 619-8507.
The Reference Staff offers mediated searching to Library patrons. A mediated search is one the Librarian does for you. Most searches are free, but if a search utilizes a subscription database, then the cost will be passed on the requestor.
The Reference staff is also available to consult with regarding searches that you are performing yourself. If help is needed in formulating a search strategy or deciding which databases to use, please contact one of the Reference Librarians.
Computer system classes are available from the Reference Staff. The standard class covers the INNOPAC Library Catalog and the Ovid system. The Ovid system is how the library offers access to databases like, MEDLINE, CINAHL, HealthSTAR, PsycInfo, BioethicsLine, ERIC, and the Core Biomedical Collection. The classes also incorporate using MDConsult now that it is widely available (See related story).
There are many more databases and search systems available from the Library. Personalized classes (for LSUHSC faculty, staff, and students) may be arranged that are tailored to your educational needs. A professor may arrange a session for a class that will teach students how to use the systems that are particular to a field of study. There must be at least five individuals per class.
The Library also offers to patrons with a valid LSUHSC User ID and Password an Electronic Reference Service. From the link on the Library's homepage link removed you may email your reference questions to the Librarians. The service is checked twice a day, Monday through Friday, and an answer should be received within 24 hours during the week.
Our Ovid system has a new feature which works similarly. The Ask a Librarian feature is linked directly from Ovid and functions the same way as the Electronic Reference Service.
-- Jennifer Kelly
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